The Bruins’ second buyout window, a result of Blake Wheeler’s arbitration hearing, remains open. The window closes today, and according to a team source, the Bruins will not be executing any buyouts.
Two summers ago, the Bruins used the second window to buy out the final year of Glen Murray’s contract. The window opened when Dennis Wideman filed for arbitration. Wideman and the Bruins reached an agreement prior to the hearing.
Brendan Witt was bought out today. Donald Brashear, traded to Atlanta today, is expected to be bought out. However, given the Bruins’ current position over the cap, buyouts would have been impractical considering their punitive nature.
The Bruins are continuing to explore options to clear salary. Two tools that remain are placing Marco Sturm on long-term injured reserve and assigning Michael Ryder to Providence. Sturm, who underwent knee surgery in May, will not be ready to start 2010-11. By placing Sturm on LTIR, the Bruins could exceed the cap by his $3.5 million salary. Ryder is due $4 million in 2010-11, the last season of his three-year deal. Ryder’s $4 million would come off the books if he is assigned to the AHL.